Governance

ACENET operates under an Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) among its members. This IIA details roles and responsibilities, as well as procedures and processes that guide ACENET in our management, operations and governance.

Board of Directors

ACENET’s Board of Directors consists of the Associate or Vice-Presidents of Research at six of our institutions which contribute to our operation. Among other things, the Board undertakes policy, strategic direction, budget approval and the securing of financial commitments from funding agencies.

Neil Bose Board Chair, VP (Research) Memorial University
Jennifer Bain Board Vice-Chair,
Interim Associate VP Research
Dalhousie University
Adam J. Sarty Associate VP Research Saint Mary’s University
Richard Isnor AVP Research & Graduate Studies St. Francis Xavier University
David Magee VP Research University of New Brunswick
Katherine Gottschall-Pass Interim VP
Academic & Research
University of Prince Edward Island
 

Research Directorate

The Research Directorate (RD) is comprised of one researcher from each of the six institutions represented by our Board of Directors, and researchers from other institutions as deemed necessary. Its Chair is appointed by our Board. 

The RD advises ACENET on technical direction, resource allocation, and other matters pertaining to the assembly and operation of our infrastructure and operations. For this reason, the goal is that appointees equitably represent the ACENET user community and those with administrative and operational expertise. The RD may also form Standing Committees on various matters pertaining to ACENET, consisting of individuals with the subject matter expertise who are otherwise not members of the RD.

Vincent Hénault-Brunet Assistant Professor,
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
Ivan Saika-Voivod Associate Professor,
Department of Physics & Physical Oceanography
Memorial University
Alison Malcolm Associate Professor,
Department of Earth Sciences
Memorial University
Ian Church Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
Ocean Mapping Group
University of New Brunswick
Laura Estill Associate Professor, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities St. Francis Xavier University
Samuel Stewart Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics;
Director, Health Data Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University
Shah Razul Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry
St. Francis Xavier University
Xander Wang Assistant Professor,
School of Climate Change & Adaptation
University of Prince Edward Island
Erin Johnson Professor, Department of Chemistry Dalhousie University
 

NDRIO Researcher Council – Atlantic Canada Members

Established in 2019, the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit organization that is working with other ecosystem partners and stakeholders across the country to help provide Canadian researchers the digital tools, services and infrastructure they need to support leading-edge scientific excellence, research, innovation and advancement across all disciplines. As of 1 April 2022, NDRIO will replace Compute Canada, and will encompass not only advanced research computing (currently the purview of Compute Canada), but also research data management and research software.

The Researcher Council is a critical component of NDRIO’s commitment to involve the research community as it designs a new service delivery model supporting Canada’s new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy. The Researcher Council makes recommendations to the NDRIO Board and management on the delivery of DRI infrastructure and services, and ensures that a diversity of researcher voices is represented by NDRIO.  More information about NDRIO and its Researcher Council can be found here.

Laura Estill Associate Professor, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities St. Francis Xavier University
 

Local User Groups (LUGs)

To help ensure that we adequately represent our users in our policies, strategic direction, operations, and at the national table, we strive to maintain Local User Groups (LUGs) at each of our member institutions.

These groups, chaired by a local user, are encouraged to meet on a regular basis to voice researcher needs, discuss various ACENET and national advanced research computing matters and provide insights to our operations.

There are local ACENET user groups at each of our participating institutions. Please contact your local chair to find out about meetings.

Ivan Saika-Voivod Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Memorial University
Shah Razul Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry
St. Francis Xavier University
Ian Church Associate Professor, Principal Investigator Ocean Mapping Group University of New Brunswick
Andrew Rutenberg Associate Professor of Physics Dalhousie University
Vincent Hénault-Brunet Assistant Professor,
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
Xander Wang Assistant Professor,
School of Climate Change & Adaptation
University of Prince Edward Island
Erin Johnson Professor, Chemistry Department Dalhousie University